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Dr. Randall J. Webb, i965. i966 

President, Northwestern State University 



Dear Alumni: 



At Northwestern State University, our first priority is to provide the best 
possible academic experience for our students. We want students to take what they learn in the 
classroom and apply those lessons throughout their lives. However, we feel as if the University 
should do more to prepare our students by involving them in meaningful activities outside the 
classroom, which can improve their community 

Recently, Northwestern created the Office of Service Learning, which will be led by 
Steven Gruesbeck. He will work with the more than 100 student organizations at the University 
to coordinate and promote projects at NSU that will improve the quality of life of the citizens of 
northwest Louisiana as well as the academic, career and interpersonal development of 
students. 

Many of our student organizations are involved in projects that benefit the community. 
Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are involved in local churches, civic clubs and non-profit 
organizations that do outstanding work. By making service learning a part of university life, the 
work students do will be more meaningful and become an important part of their college 
experience. 

Northwestern will be teaming up with sister institutions in the state and around the 
country to seek out opportunities to help others. Our students have always been willing to give 
of themselves to help others and we are looking fonward to being a part of some of the great 
work they will do. 

I am excited about the 2008-09 academic year. In August, the first students moved 
into our new residence hall. University Place Phase II. The renovation of Williamson Hall should 
be complete this fall which, will be a boost to our program in Engineering Technology. 
This is going to be another outstanding year for Northwestern State University. I hope you will 
be able to make it back for Homecoming and can visit us as often as you can. You will be 
impressed by the great things happening at your alma mater. 



William Drake Ow^ens, 2004, 2005 

Director of Alumni and Development 




My fellow alumni: 



It is a great honor and pleasure for me to assume responsibility 
for the Office of Alumni and Development at my alma mater. 

Northwestern State University. I look forward to serving you and am very excited about the 
future of our institution. 

This past summer was full of activities, events and reunions that drew alumni together to 
remember their years at Northwestern and share those fond memories with their former 
classmates, prospective students and others. Now we have begun another academic year and 
are looking fonward to involving even more of our former students and friends in a full slate of 
recruiting receptions and Homecoming events that include alumni tailgating and departmental 
reunions. We are also looking forward to the completion of our new Alumni & Development 
website which will be launched in late October. The new site will provide ways to reconnect with 
old friends, register for upcoming events and maintain your involvement with the Northwestern 
community. 

The university is also in the final stages of compiling a coffee table book full of pictures 
selected from university archives to commemorate NSU's 125-year history. The book will be 
available for purchase through the alumni office in early 2009. 

I hope you will visit campus soon and see the changes and improvements that are taking 
place. NSU is growing in positive ways every day. We at the Alumni Center can help you get 
involved and stay connected with your alma mater. Please drop by and visit us next time 
you're in town. Our friendly staff is always on hand and ready to assist you in any way possible. 



Cover: Photo Illustration with Ron Corkern and Will McGuffey. 



Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwesiem Stale University 

Natchitoches. Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XVIII Number .1 Fall 2008 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 4 

times a year by Northwestern State University, 

Natchitoches. Louisiana. 71497-0002 

Periodicals Postage Paid at Natchitoches. La.. 

and at additional mailing offices. 

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Alumni 

Colunms, Northwestern State University. 

Natchitoches. La. 71497-0002. 

Alumni Office Phone: .118-357-4414 

and 888-799-6486 

FAX: .318-357-4225 

E-mail: owensd@nsula.edu 

NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS 

President Jerry Brungart. 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Vice President Joseph B. Stamey, 

Natchitoches, 1983 

Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews. 

Benton, 1992 
Executive Director W. Drake Owens 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia. 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport. 1974. 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas. 1989 

Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Destrehan, 1973, 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998 

Malt Koury Leesville. 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler. Texas, 1970 

Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton, 1992 

David Morgan Austin, Texas. 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport. 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches. 1983 

Glenn Talbert , Shreveport. 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington. 1985 

J. Michael Wilbum Shreveport. 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria. 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE 

Cody Bourque Splendora, Texas 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 
spring, summer, fall and winter. 

Publisher 

W. Drake Owens. 2004. 2005 

Editor 

Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 

Contributors 

David West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 

Leigh Gentry 

Photography 

Gary Hardamon 

Design/Layout 

Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 
NSU Press Publications Office 



Northwestern State University is accredited by the 
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane. Decatur, 
Georgia 3003.3-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to 
award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist and 
Doctorate degrees. 



It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its 
educational programs, activities or employment practices. 



Alumni News 



How FAR WOULD YOU GO TO HELP A FrIEND? 

Ron Corkern and Will McGuffey can tell you. 




These two alumni share not only a special 
bond, but also the philosophy that life 's 
small annoyances don 't really matter. Along 
with their families, they celebrate a special 
day, April 24, the anniversary of the date in 
which Will donated one of his kidneys to give 
Ron a second chance at life. 

rowing up with an interest in sports and 
fitness, Ron Corkern never gave much 
thought to his health. 

"The last doctor I had seen was a 
children's doctor. I never had anything worse 
than a cold," he said. 

After graduating ft-om NSU in 2000 with a degree in 
general studies, he went to work traveling around the 
United States marketing health clubs. 

"Being a sports freak, it was a great job and 1 loved the 
travel. I was working out, running and playing racquetball. 
I was in great shape," he said. 

In 2003 he was working in Georgia and experienced an 
excruciating full body muscle cramp that gripped his limbs 
and back for several minutes. He later learned the episode 
was caused by an imbalance in electrolytes. Another 
episode left him fearing he may be developing arthritis, but 
an aversion to doctors and needles kept him from getting 
an exam. 

Shortly thereafter, Ron visited his parents, Ronald and 
Karen, in Natchitoches. Concerned about his skin color 
and lack of energy, his mother insisted he see a doctor. 

"They ran a series of blood tests and the lab came back 
and said my creatinine level was at 6.1. Normal is 0.5 to 
1.5. Mine was through the roof," he said. Creatinine is a 
chemical waste molecule that is generated from muscle 
metabolism and is a reliable indicator of kidney function. 

Ron was immediately admitted to the hospital for four 
more days of tests. 

"I thought T don't feel bad, so it can't be that bad,'" he 
said. But when his doctor asked to speak to his parents, he 
heard his mother crying in the hall. 

The diagnosis was irreversible chronic kidney disease. 
Ron also discovered that he had been bom with only one 
kidney and that it was not fully formed; it was about half 
the size of a normal kidney and was only 10-15 percent 
functional. 

"He knew it was not going to get better," his mother 
Karen said. "We knew he was headed to kidney failure and 
we needed a kidney." 

He was 25 years old and did not feel sick; he felt 
perfectly normal. But looking back, he realized he had 
exhibited symptoms of kidney disease such as fatigue and 
extreme thirst throughout his life. He was told to go on 




Ron Corkern and Will McGuffey attended this year's NSU baseball 
team reunion, which coincided with a family celebration honoring 
Will's gift to Ron. 

with his regular routine of work and working out for as 
long as possible, but he closely monitored his creatinine 
levels. Eventually, he began to frequently feel overly- 
fatigued. 

He started a new job at the NSU WRAC with hours 
compatible with going to dialysis three times a week, 
which became part of his routine for the next three years. 

"The first couple of treatments, I was scared to death, 
but it became part of my life," he said. "I bought a DVD 
player and watched movies during dialysis, between 6:30 
and 10:30 in the morning. Then 1 would go home and 
sleep for an hour before going to work at the WRAC." 

After his diagnosis, Ron was immediately placed on a 
transplant list, but the wait is usually 3-5 years. 

A live kidney, preferably from a relative, has a better 
chance of working longer. An eligible donor must be in 
perfect health and not taking any medications. Several 
relatives and friends came forward for testing; many were 
ineligible due to health issues. In addition to sharing the 
same blood type as the recipient, a donor must be a high 
antigen match, judged on a scale of 1-6, and pass 
psychological screenings. Meanwhile, Ron had become 
accustomed to dialysis and was intimidated by the thought 
of a transplant. 

Eventually, he began to encounter difficulties with 
dialysis. In six months time, Ron's health went from bad to 
worse, and he was unable to work. 

"1 realized the sooner I could get a new kidney, the 
better," he said. "But I didn't want to ask anybody." 

Ron had met Will McGuffey through Will's wife, 
Annah Mowad McGuffey (2003), who was a close friend 
of Ron's during college. Will, a member of the baseball 
team, earned a degree in business administration in 2003 
and a masters in sports administration in 2005. 



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Continued. 



"Annah and Ron were best friends 
and when we started dating in 2001, 
they adopted me into their group," 
Will said. "We just hit it off with 
sports and having a great time 
together." 

A phone conversation between 
Annah and Ron made Will realize he 
wanted to help. 

"Annah was talking to Ron on the 
phone and he was not doing well and 
was feeling pretty down. I said 'Let 
me go get checked,'" Will said. "It 
wasn't something I had to think much 
about." 

His decision was made in five 
minutes, but the screening process 
took several weeks with blood work 
and other tests, psychological 
screenings and numerous 
consultations with doctors. 

"Will called mc three days a week 
and called the doctors constantly," 
Ron said. "When he learned he was a 
match, he said '100 percent, I want to 
do it.'" He was a three match out of 
six, a good match and high for 
someone not a blood relative. 

Will's family supported his 
decision. 

"My mom was right on board, and 
obviously Annah was for it. My dad 
was the most nervous about it," Will 
said. "I said 'Dad, this is something 
I've got to do,' and he said he 
understood that if it was something I 
made up my mind to do he couldn't 
stand in my way. They were behind 
me 110 percent." 

After final approval, it was only 
two weeks before the transplant was 
scheduled for April 24, 2006. 

The surgery was a success, but the 
kidney was slow to begin working, 
and dialysis was still necessary. With 
the new kidney close to failing and 
other complications, Ron and his 
family weighed their options and 
decided that since they had taken 
Will's kidney, they were committed to 
trying to get it to work. The kidney 
had been tied too tightly and a stint 
was put in place. Doctors then ran a 



dye through Ron's system and 
determined the kidney had been 
nicked and was leaking, which 
required another reparative surgery. 
Ron was in the hospital for three 
weeks. 

Meanwhile, Will, who had spent 
five days in the hospital, went to his 
wife's parent's home in Pineville to 
recuperate. He, too, experienced post- 
op complications, but eight weeks 
later was back to his old self, playing 
golf and jogging, though doctors 
cautioned him to stay hydrated and not 
force his remaining kidney to work 
too much. 

Ron's troubles, however, weren't 
over. After being home for a while, 
knots began to develop under his skin 
and he experienced debilitating 
muscle contractions, swelling and 
fluid. His doctors were puzzled, but he 
was eventually diagnosed with 
Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy 
(NFD), a rare condition that affects 
skin and mobility and is believed to be 
caused by the dye that was used to 
detect the leak in the kidney. His 
condition worsened until his leg 
muscles were so constricted he was 
confined to a wheelchair. Finally, he 
learned of a doctor in Arkansas who is 
one of only two NFD specialists in the 
country. Persevering through months 
of therapy, Ron was able to walk 
again. 

"From the day I had the 
transplant, it took 12 months to be 100 
percent and that was because of the 
NFD," Ron said. He discovered that 
his case of NFD could have been 
much more severe if he had not 
received dialysis shortly after the 
transplant before the new kidney 
started working - a blessing in 
disguise. 

Ron turned 32 this past June and 
is the manager at Basic Health and 
Fitness in Natchitoches. He works out, 
exercises and plays tennis. 

"Everything is normal except for 
the scars the NFD left," he said, but 
the experience of facing the real 
possibility of death changed his 
outlook on life. "So many people take 



their health for granted and little 
things bother people - girlfriends, 
work or whatever. I used to think 'If I 
could just be in good health....'" 

During his dialysis, Ron was on a 
strict diet and took 30 pills a day; 
now he takes only six. 

Still, he knows the new kidney 
may only last up to 20 years. 

"The thing that made the 
transplant bad was the NFD," he said. 
"But to feel how 1 feel today and to be 
able to do what 1 do today, it was 
worth it." 

Will, meanwhile, has begun law 
school at LSU. For the last two years, 
the Corkems have marked the 
transplant anniversary with a barbecue 
for Will and Annah, whom they 
consider part of their family. Ron has 
much to say about Will's selfless 
nature. 

"He's just that type of guy. He 
would do it for any of his friends," 
Ron said. "People talk about a guy 
who'd give you the shirt off his back, 
he means it. The guy gave me a 
kidney." 

"I was brought up to do what you 
can to help somebody out," Will said. 
"Throughout high school and in 
college at NSU, I had coaches and 
team mates that helped me learn about 
team work and how when you are part 
of a team, you have to work together 
and do what you can for others." 

Like Ron, the experience left Will 
with an appreciation of living life and 
joy in having helped another person. 

"Obviously, you are helping 
somebody who is in a state where they 
can't help themselves," Will said. "If I 
have the worst day at work or 
something's not going right, I realize 
that I have had so many positive 
benefits from this. It feels good to 
have done something that really 
helped another person. I have this 
extra joy and happiness on my worst 
day because I made a difference in 
someone's life. The little things don't 
bother me anymore." 



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Several generations of friends and patrons gathered to wish Johnny Antoon a happy 
birthday and present an endowed scholarship in his name. From left are Tony 
Hernandez, George Mallet, Antoon, Jill Bankston, Merle Antoon, Donna LaCour, 
Donna McDonald, Drake Owens and Doug Ireland. 



Antoon 's surprise celebration draws 
hundreds back to Natchitoches 

Johnny Antoon is a person who has everything he wants, so it was hard 
to come up with the perfect gift for him. A group of friends came up with 

the best way to honor the Natchitoches businessman on his 65*" birthday, 
establishing the Johnny Antoon Endowed Scholarship through the 
Northwestern State University Foundation. 

The scholarship was announced, July 26, 2008 at a surprise birthday 
party for Antoon at the Student Body. Approximately 500 friends of Antoon 
attended. Gifts and pledges to the scholarship totaled $40,000, which was 
raised over the last nine months without Antoon 's knowledge. 

"When you get to be my age, the last thing you think about are birthdays 
much less what people are planning," said Antoon. "I was gratified and 
humbled that so many people took the time to come from all over the 
country to see me. It is asking a lot for people to give up their weekend and 
go through the expense of traveling." 

Though he was initially a bit uncomfortable at the idea of a huge 
gathering in his honor, Antoon quickly began greeting old friends once he 
arrived at the party. He took time to greet everyone who attended, swapping 
stories and memories. 

Antoon, a 1968 graduate of Northwestern, owns Antoon 's Package 
Liquor Store, The Student Body and Antoon 's Riverfront Restaurant. The 
Store opened in 1975, and the Student Body has been in business since 
1982. In that time, numerous students have helped pay for their college 
education by working for Antoon. 

The crowd at the party was a mix of all ages and backgrounds, just like 
the people who have done business with Antoon over the past 30-plus years. 
Many of the students who worked for him couldn't wait to come back to 
honor him. 

Antoon said he also received a great deal ft^om the students over the 
years. 

Criteria for the scholarship are being established. Donations to the 
Antoon Scholarship can be sent to the NSU Foundation, Alumni Center, 
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497. Gifts are tax 
deductible and donors should indicate their gift is for the Antoon 
Scholarship. For more information, call (318) 357-4414. 



NSU coffee table 
book in the works 

A coffee table book celebrating 
the 125th anniversary of 
Northwestern should be available 
to the public in the spring of 2009. 
The book will contain photographs 
from the university's archives 
documenting the school's history 
through the decades. The 
publication, titled "Northwestern at 
125: Commemorative Edition 
1884-2009" will be a source of 
pride for graduates and friends 
with photos that reflect the 
school's growth in the last 125 
years. 

Details will be forthcoming 
about orders and shipping. 



Reunion dates set 
for annual 
basketball events 

Dozens of former basketball 
players, coaches, staff members and 
their families and friends will gather 
for the ninth straight year this winter 
to rekindle relationships and enjoy 
watching the current-day 
Northwestern teams complete. 

The annual Lady Demon 
basketball reunion has been set for 
Valentine's Day Saturday Feb. 14. 
The Demon basketball reunion is 
Saturday March 7 when NSU will 
play old rival Southeastern Louisiana. 

The events are held at Prather 
Coliseum, around the games, which 
will begin at 2 p.m. The women's 
reunions have involved a postgame 
meal with the current players, and a 
storytelling contest. The men's 
reunion begins with a luncheon prior 
to the game. 

Additional details will be 
announced on the 
www.nsudemons.com website, and 
in mail sent to the former basketball 
players, coaches and staff. Other 
team and sport reunions will be 
announced on the website and in 
mailings as well. 



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2008 HOMECOMING SCHEDULE 



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Friday, October 24th 

Alumni Association Board Meeting 

10:00 a.m. at the Red River Waterway 
Commission Building on the Highway 1 
Bypass directly across the street from 
the Mariner's Restaurant. Annual Board 
of Directors meeting open to the public. 

Homecoming Golf Tournament 

1:00 p.m. — NSU Recreation Complex 
Come participate in the annual golf 
scramble on the 18-hole golf course for 
$50 per player (includes golf cart and 
lunch by Coach Gene Knecht). Tee time 
is at 1:00 p.m. and lunch will be served 
at 12:00 p.m. Reservations can be 
made by calling Drake Owens at (318) 
357-4250 or email at 
owensd@nsula.edu. 

NSU Foundation Board Meeting 

1:30 p.m. at the Red River Waterway 

Commission Building on the Highway 1 
Bypass directly across the street from 
the Mariner's Restaurant. Open to the 
public. 

Homecoming Parade 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Campus/Town Annual 
Homecoming Parade for both the 
Northwestern and Natchitoches 
communities. Begins at Prather 
Coliseum and ends at the Downtown 
Riverbank. A Pep rally on the Riverbank 
will follow the parade. 

Reception 

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Student Union Lobby 
Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation 
Board, Excellence in Teaching Award 
Recipients, Long Purple Line Recipients, 
N-Club Inductees, and President's 
Distinguished Service Award Recipient. 

Pi Kappa Phi Open House 

7:00 p.m. - Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity House 
All PI Kappa Phi members and Alumni 
are Invited to an "Open House" at the Pi 
Kappa Phi Fraternity House. For more 
Information or to RSVP, contact David 
Morgan at (512) 694-4639 or email at 
ddm@daviddmorgan.com. 



Homecoming Banquet 

7:00 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom 

Join us for the annual banquet, as we 
honor the Long Purple Line Recipients, 
the President's Distinguished Service 
Award Recipient, Excellence In Teaching 
Award Recipients and the N-Club 
Inductees. Tickets are $20 per person 
and can be purchased at the Alumni 
Center or by calling 357-4414. 
A reception prior to the banquet will be 
held from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. In the 
lobby of the Student Union. 

Saturday, October 25th 

College of Education Reunion 

8:30 a.m. - Teachers Education Building 
All graduates of the College of Education 
are invited to attend a breakfast that will 
honor the inductees of the College's Hall 
of Distinguished Educators. For more 
information, call the College of 
Education at (318) 357-6288. 

Pi Kappa Phi Annual Alumni Meeting 

9:00 a.m. - Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity House 
All Pi Kappa Phi Alumni are invited to 
the annual meeting. For more 
Information or to RSVP, contact David 
Morgan at (512) 694-4639 or email at 
ddm@daviddmorgan.com. 

College of Business Brunch 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon— Natchitoches 

Room, Russell Hall 

All College of Business alumni are 
invited to renew old friendships before 
the game. For more information, call the 
College of Business at (318) 357-5161. 

ROTO Open House 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — James A. Noe 

Military Science Building 

All ROTC alumni are Invited to stop by 
the hospitality room at the James A. Noe 
Military Science building between 10:00 
am and 1:00 pm. For more information, 
please contact Christie Price at 318-357- 
5157 or by email at pricec@nsula.edu. 

University Bookstore Open 

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Student Union 
Go by the bookstore and buy all of your 
NSU memorabilia! 



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Friends, fun, football and more slated for this year's activities 



N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

10:30 a.m. - Magale Recital Hall 

For more information, please call Gil 
Gilson at (318) 677-3141 or email at 
Gilson@nsula.edu. 

Alumni Tailgating 

11 :30 a.m. - 1 :30 p.m. - Tailgating Field 
The Alumni Association will be serving 
plate lunches free of charge. All NSU 
Alumni are invited to come by the tent 
and grab something to eat before the 
game. It will be a great time to visit with 
friends you haven't seen in a while. 

Tailgating Activities 

11 :30 a.m. - 1 :30 p.m. - Tailgating Field 

adjacent to Turpin Stadium 

Various groups, including the Greek 
organizations, N-Club and College of 
Education will be tailgating prior to the 
football game. 

Pi Kappa Phi Tailgate Party 

12:00 p.m. - Tailgating Field 

All Pi Kappa Phi alumni are invited to the 
tailgate party at the tailgating area of 
practice field. For more information or to 
RSVP, contact Nick Breaux at 
(985)519-1801 or email at 
nbreaux002@student.nsula.edu. 

Alumni Art Show/Picnic 

12:00 Noon-2:00PM — Orville Hanchey 

Gallery 

Northwestern State University's School of 
Creative & Performing Arts, Fine & 
Graphic Arts Department, will host the 
3nd Annual alumni exhibit in conjunction 
with this fall's Homecoming celebration. 
Featured artist will be photographer B.A. 
Cohen. For more information, please call 
Leslie Gruesbeck at (318) 357-5476 or 
email at gruesbeckl@nsula.edu. 



Pregame Activities 

1:30 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 

Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of 
Northwestern Marching Band and other 
game day activities. 

Homecoming Game vs. Sam Houston State 

2:00 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 

Halftime Ceremonies 

3:30 p.m. (approx.) -Turpin Stadium 

Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Stroud Room in the 

Athletic Fieldhouse 

For more information, please call Yonna 
Pasch at (318) 357-5438 or email 
paschy@nsula.edu. By invitation only. 

N-Club Barbeque 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - "N" Club Tent at 

Tailgating Field 

For more information, please call Gil 
Gilson at (318) 677-3141 or email at 
Gilson@nsula.edu. 

"Boogie on the Bricks" 

7:00 p.m. (approx.) — Front Street 

Join Demon fans in the Historic District for 
live music, food and drinks as 
Natchitoches puts on its best for the 
Demons! 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority & Alpha Phi 
Alpha Fraternity 35th Reunion Celebration 

Time and Place TBA 

For more information or to register, please 
contact former Alpha Kappa Alpha 
President Charlene Miller Voorhoos at 
(318) 797-8350 or email at 
charlenevoorhies@yahoo.com or former 
Alpha Phi Alpha President James Perry at 
(281) 859-7787 or email at 
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CPT, MS Tammy D. 
Johnson (1998), right, 
requested an NSU flag to be 
displayed in her dining facility 
in Kuwait where deployed 
soldiers display flags to 
represent their alma mater. 
When Johnson received the 
flag from the NSU Alumni 
Office, she and Maj. Thelma 
Brown (1992), left, proudly 
displayed it along with the 
others. Johnson is a Medical 
Service Corps Officer 
assigned to the U.S. Army 
Central Command Surgeon's 
Office. Brown is assigned to 
1st Theater Sustainment 
Command. She is an 
Adjutant General Corps 
Officer. They are stationed at 
CampArifjan, Kuwait. 



Three alumni included in Sports Hall of Fame inductions 



Three Northwestern State alumni - Gayle Hatch, 
Tommy Henry, and Jelly Pigott -joined members of the 
2008 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class. 

The trio joins 1 1 other NSU alumni as they take their 
rightful place in the Hall of Fame. 

Hatch was a dynamic basketball player for 
Northwestern State in 1 960-62 who was drafted to play 
professionally. While at Northwestern, Hatch led the 
Demons in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage 
before he was chosen by the Chicago Majors of the 
American Basketball League, forerunner of the American 
Basketball Association which eventually merged with the 
NBA. 

The USA men's weightlifting head coach at the 2004 
Olympic Games, Hatch was inducted into the USA 
Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame's 
inaugural 14-member class in August 2003, along with 
Baton Rouge's Alvin Roy and the USA Olympic 
Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame in April 2002. He 
received the NFL Strength & Conditioning Coaches' 
Society "President's Award" for his role in developing 
the profession at the 2005 NFL Combine. 

Retired in 2007 after his 24th year as commissioner 
of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, 
Henry emerged as one of the most progressive high 
school athletic commissioners in the nation. 

During his tenure the LHSAA became a self- 



efficient legislative organization. Henry was named the 
LHSAA's third commissioner in 1-983 after having served 
as an assistant commissioner since 1976. Under his 
leadership, the LHSAA' financial reserves grew from 
$40,000 to $1.5 million with corporate sponsorship 
endeavors helping set the pace. He founded the 
Superdome Classic football championships in his first 
year as commissioner and steered state championship 
events to many outstanding venues around the state. 

A native of Alexandria and a graduate of Bolton 
High School and Northwestern State, Henry was a 
teacher and coach at Bossier High from 1963-75, guiding 
one of the state's top prep baseball programs. 

The girls prep basketball coach at Dry Prong, Selma, 
Greensburg and Jena, Pigott made an indelible impact on 
state prep history as the Lady Giants coach. She coached 
at Jena from 1952 to 1970, averaging 35 wins a year and 
losing no more than five games a season. Jena girls 
basketball became one of the state's premier high school 
programs in any sport during her reign. 

In 34 years of coaching her teams never had a losing 
season, winning about 90 percent of their games. She 
had two one-loss seasons. Her teams won 29 district 
championships, six state titles and finished second three 
times, but no precise won-loss career record can be 
compiled. She is thought to have won 900+ games. A 
Northwestern State alumnus, she died in 1988. 



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Editors will celebrate Potpourri at 100 



A celebration marking the centennial 
of NSU's annual yearbook, 
Potpourri, is being planned. The 
event will take place on Saturday, May 9, 
the day following spring commencement. 

Guests can attend an afternoon 
reception in the Louisiana Room of 
Watson Library to view the opening of a 
display, "100 Years of Potpourri." That 
evening, a banquet will be held in the 
ballroom of the Student Union to celebrate 
the 100th edition of Potpourri. Former 
editors and staff are welcome to 
participate. 

In 1984, a celebration was held to 
mark the 75th anniversary of Potpourri in 
which editors submitted essays relating 
their experiences in working with the 
yearbook. Editors from 1984 to the 
present were asked to submit their own 
essays, which will be published as a 
souvenir of the event. 




Dr. Steve Horton, Potpourri advisor Mary Brocato and Potpourri editor 
Bethany Frank discuss plans to bring past Potpourri editors together 
for the centennial celebration of Northwestern's yearbook. 



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Purple Alert system increases campus safety 



PURPLE 
ALERT 



Northwestern State 



With 
student safety 
a high priority, 
a new 
emergency 
alert system 
has been implemented at NSU. The 
system will be operated by FirstCall 
Interactive Systems of Baton Rouge 
and will include notification by text 
messaging, e-mail and calls to 
campus landlines. 

"One of our top priorities is to 
provide a safe environment for our 
students, faculty, staff and campus 
visitors," said Northwestern President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb. "This system 
will provide us with multiple methods 
to send emergency messages to the 
campus community quickly." 

The system was initiated by the 
State Board of Regents and supported 
by the University of Louisiana 
System. 

Response has been positive since 
the system went into effect in the 
spring as Northwestern students, 
faculty and staff began signing up for 



the system, which will be called 
"Purple Alerf by going to 
http://www.nsula.edu/purplealert. 
There is no charge to sign up for the 
emergency alert system. Those 
without unlimited text messaging may 
be charged for receiving a 
notification. Students, faculty and 
staff can enter cell phone numbers, 
primary and secondary e-mail 
addresses and secondary phone 
numbers at which they will be 
notified. 

"The system will be used for 
emergencies only," said Webb. "We 
encourage our students, faculty and 
staff to sign up. We also hope that 
parents will urge their sons and 
daughters to sign up. No system of 
notification can be perfect on its own, 
but this system in combination with 
other methods of communication will 
allow us to relay information quickly 
and accurately." 

The system will cover 
Northwestern campuses in 
Natchitoches, Shreveport, 
Leesville/Fort Polk and Alexandria. 



Northwestern also plans to 
install two emergency sirens that can 
be heard throughout the Natchitoches 
campus. The most widely used 
buildings on the main campus have 
television monitors which can be used 
to post messages in case of an 
emergency. A series of call boxes 
with a direct connection to University 
Police are set up around campus. 

The entire University Police 
department underwent Rapid 
Deployment for Critical Incidents 
training and police unit camera 
training with ICOP. Several members 
of the department also underwent 
Triage Assessment System for 
Students in Learning Environments 
training. 

Northwestern has also 
worked to increase pay to better 
attract and retain officers and has 
added personnel to complete all 
shifts. New patrol cars and equipment 
including in-car cameras have also 
been purchased. Plans are to provide 
each patrol car with a laptop 
computer and needed software. 



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Alumni Gatherings 



Winnfield Reception and Golf Tournament 




Betty (1959) and 
David Christmas 
(1956) visited 
with Thomas 
(1997) and 
Jeannie May at 
the Winnfield 
gathering. 




Deano Thornton (1977), Jane Purser (1955, 
1970) and Teresa Thornton (1984, 1993), left 
photo, along with Chase Hemperley, Cristy 
(1997) and Chuck Maxwell (2000) and 
Shannon Lenard, right photo, participated in 
the golf tournament and reception on June 
28. 



Northwestern State University 

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Winners in the Don Purser Memorial Golf Scramble were, from left, Fred Terasa (1982), Chase Hemperly and 
Shannon Lenard, first place; Jeremy Moore (2003), Benny Smith (1956), Chad Coins and Adam Daughtry, second 
place, and Chase Trichell, Britney Uffelman, Mindy Newlee and Jack Brittain (1979), third place. 



Bloomington, 111. 




Rosie's Pub in Bloomington, III., was the scene for the Aug. 16 alumni party. From left are Michelle Baragona, Andy 
Baragona (2003), Kyle Bobbitt (2007), Tracy Bobbitt (2005), Nick Cortez (2005), Malcolm Bihm (2007), Drake Owens 
(2004, 2005), Keena Nelson, Louis Nelson (2000) and Will Broussard (2000). 



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Alumni in the Nashville, Tenn., area enjoyed food, music and fun at the Louisiana Saturday Night in the Ballpark at 
Greer Stadium sponsored by the Louisiana Collegiate Coalition. From left are Ginny Davis (1997), Sam McCarroll 
and Dawn McCarroll (1997). In the right photo are Donald Tessier (1981), Gwenn Tessier and Carolyn Festervand 
(1968). 



Library Science Luncheon 



Chicago 




Guests attending the Library 
Science Luncheon were, above, 
Carolyn Weber (1963), Mary 
Edwards (1957), Judy Debea 
(1978) and Marietta Booth (1961); 
Dr. Thomas Hennigan (1951) and 
Joanne Pickett (1975, 1982), top 
right; Annette Kincaid (1953) and 
Avis Hower (1951), bottom right. 






A Chicago Alumni gathering took place at Fizz Bar & 
Grill in August. Attending were, from left, Shanna 
Prejean (2000), Garrett Prejean (2000), Patncia Fee, 
Kelvin Fee (1982), Tricia Hrappman (1999), Drake 
Owens (2004, 2005), Will Broussard (2000), Jay Hicks 
(1998), Kim Bayma (2006) and Kristen Huben (2004). 




Margaret Came (1974, 1975), Faye Goode (1964, 
1965, 1966) and Jeanette Howard (1975, 1983) far left, 
were among the former librahans in attendance at the 
luncheon, as well as Leola Lofton (1939) and Abbie 
Landry, head reference librarian at NSU, who 
represented Watson Library. 




A crawfish boil in Atlanta, Ga., drew several alumni. 
From left are John Clower (1 982), Mack Palmour (1 983), 
Jill Bankston (1997), Nona Hamilton (1963), Vicky 
Smith, seated; Ernie Cole (1984), Davis Palmour and Lt. 
Tantalous Smith. 



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SPOTLIGHTS 

@ Adam Upshaw (2008) participated in last summer's 
Journey Of Hope, a 4,000-mile bicycle trek across America 
sponsored by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity's nonprofit 
organization, Push America. The Journey of Hope is a 
charity fiand raiser to benefit individuals with disabilities. 

Upshaw and 20 other Pi Kappa Phi cyclists participated 
in the Southern Route, departing from San Francisco on 
June 15 and arriving in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16. 

On the trek, days began at 4:30 a.m. with eight hours of 
riding covering about 100 miles per day. After each day's 
ride, riders stopped in cities along the way for a community 
event designed to raise awareness about disabilities. Riders 
slept in volunteer facilities such as high school 
gymnasiums, and were followed by support vans with 
helpers and supplies. 

Upshaw, a Coushatta native, graduated in May with a 
degree in psychology and plans to attend the University of 
Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio to pursue 
a career in occupational therapy helping people with 
disabilities. 

There is a $5,000 minimum charity requirement for Pi 
Kappa Phi brothers to participate in the ride. In 2008, Push 
America raised almost $500,000 from all of its riders. 

For more information on Push America, visit the 
organization's website at pushamerica.org. 

© April Jessup Giddens (1996, 1998) was recognized by 
the Natchitoches Parish School Board for achieving 
National Board Certification status. Teachers who achieve 
National Board Certification have met rigorous standards 
through intensive study, evaluation, peer-review and self- 
assessment. 

Giddens earned a bachelors degree in elementary 
education, grades 1-8, and a master's degree in educational 
leadership. She is pursuing a specialist degree in 
administration. 

Giddens' first recognition as an exemplary educator 
was when she was named Fairview Alpha Elementary 
School Teacher of the Year in 2001. This was followed by 
NSU Middle Lab Teacher of the Year and Natchitoches 
Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2002 and 2007. 
She was the LaCUE Regional Middle School Teacher of the 
Year and Louisiana Regional Middle School Teacher of the 
Year in 2007. 

Giddens teaches sixth grade at Natchitoches Magnet School. 
She is married to Mike Giddens ( 1 994) and the mother of three 
children, Hannah, 9, Timothy, 7, and Emma, 3. 



© D. Randy Rumbelow (1975) set a new Guinnesss 
World Record in 2003 under the category of "Keyboard 
playing marathon - individual." From Aug. 4-6, Randy 
played piano for 53 hours at the Williams Boulevard Baptist 
Church in Kenner. The record has since been broken, but 
Randy held the record for two years. 

Randy has taught band, choir and general music in the 
parochial school system for 20 years, with a total of 26 
years teaching. 

O Wallace W. Van Sickle (1947) will be posthumously 
inducted into the Louisiana Music Educator's Hall of Fame 
during a 2 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 22 in Baton Rouge. His 
first band director's position was in Bristol, Tenn., and then 
moved to Texarkana, Ark., where he was band director at 
Arkansas High School for several years. He completed his 
master's at North Texas State University while in Texarkana. 

In 1954 he returned to Natchitoches and began teaching 
the gambit of band students: elementary, high school, and 
Northwestern 's music department's band student teachers. 
He enjoyed the challenges that went with teaching 
beginners, developing superior high school bands, and 
helping develop young adults in college learn to become 
successftil band directors. Many years the Natchitoches 
band program made superior ratings in marching, large 
ensemble, and sight reading contests. He went on to 
become a principal in the Natchitoches Parish School 
System when he left the podium, where he remained in 
education until his retirement. 

He was very much an educator, loved his work, loved 
music, and demanded excellence from his students, 
according to his son, Stephen C. Van Sickle. 

"Most students of his program went on to graduate 
from college either at Northwestern or other universities. 
He encouraged students to strive for excellence not only in 
music but all educational endeavors and for those lessons to 
follow them throughout life," Stephen Van Sickle said. 

The induction ceremony will be held in the Holiday Inn 
Select on Airline Drive in Baton Rouge. The public is 
invited. 

The Louisiana Music Educators Hall of Fame inductees 
are recognized and on display in Northwestern 's music 
building. Several other band directors with ties to 
Northwestern have also been inducted and are on display 
there. 



Purple Jackets continue to seek former members 

The Purple Jackets organization is continuing its efforts to develop an alumni database. Women who were 
members should contact Frances Watkins Conine, sponsor, at (318) 357-6703 or e-mail coninef@nsula.edu. 
A Purple Jackets reunion will be held during Homecoming festivities on Oct. 24. 



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Culinary Arts program state-of-the-art kitchen lab opens 




Chef Todd Barrios oversees students 
Kayla Porche and Jessica Lacombe as 
they make cold soups and sauces in a 
Garde Manger class. 







Payden Hays and Ryan Bossier prep 
ingredients in the spacious new culinary lab. 



Northwestern 's new Culinary Annex opened summer 2008 with state-of- 
art equipment. The kitchen and adjoining classroom include 
commercial cooking equipment, prep tables and work stations to give 
students experience working in a commercial kitchen environment. 

Instructor-Chef Todd Barrios first utilized the new kitchen for a 
summer Garde Manger class, a cold food class in which students learn how 
to make cold sauces, cold soups, sandwiches, salads, cured and smoked 
meats, sausage, cheese, terrines, galantines, roulades, ballotines, hors 
d'oeuvres and cold buffet display platters. 

"This lab required students to create a gourmet-composed salad based 
on ingredients I had in the kitchen," Barrios explained. "They didn't know 
what they had to work with until we got in the kitchen after lecture. This 
allows them to think on their feet, use their creativity and understand 
inventory utilization to create great food." 

The 1 ,600 square foot kitchen houses a 36-foot wall of equipment, 
including a row of ovens, smokers, steamer, fryer, tilting kettle and tilting 
braising pans that will give students valuable experience before finding 
work in a restaurant. The new cooking equipment is being purchased with a 
Student Technology Grant the program received in 2006. The facility 
includes mirrored demonstration tables, a separate room available for 
classes that will not interfere with kitchen classes and a walk-in 
freezer/cooler space. 

The Culinary Annex is located in the former Centrex building, which at 
one time housed the university's phone network and communications 
equipment. The building, located between the Family and Consumer 
Sciences (FACS) Building and the Student Union, received a facelift along 
with the renovation, with its exterior encased in brick. Planned landscaping 
will include an herb garden for kitchen use. The kitchen will serve as a 
valuable recruiting tool for prospective students interested in NSU's 
culinary arts program. 

"The facilities have been incredible to work with. We have expanded 
our lab experience because of having the new equipment and spacious room 
to work in," Barrios said. "We are covering skills that we haven't been able 
to do before, and the students are really getting into the learning process. 
They have a great sense of pride in the new kitchen as well. They 
understand the benefits of what they have to work, and they work hard to 
keep it clean, organized, and functional for the next day." 



Tri Betas begin campaign to rehabilitate science monument 



The Delta Theta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the student society for those studying biological sciences, has launched a 

project aimed at rehabilitating a Tri-Beta monument currently located outside Bienvenu Hall. It is believed that students 

created the monument in the 1960s and placed it in front of Williamson 
Hall, which then housed the Department of Biological Sciences. It was 
later moved to Bienvenu when the department relocated. The existing 
monument is made of deteriorating concrete with a painted surface. 

"The plan is to wrap the sides in stainless steel and have a granite 
top placed on top to enhance the monument's appearance," said Dr. 
Francene Lemoine, Tri-Beta faculty advisor. Stainless steel Bs will be 
mounted on top of the granite in each corner of the triangular 
monument and the area's landscaping will be enhanced. 
"We are trying to get alumni involved," said Lemoine, who welcomes 
information about who created the monument and when. Anyone with 
information can contact her by calling (318) 357-5805 or e-mailing 

lemoinef@nsula.edu or tribeta@gmail.com. Donations to a Beta Beta Beta account at City Bank in Natchitoches to help 

underwrite the cost of the rehabilitation are tax deductible. 




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Clifton Alford memorial scholarships will benefit music majors, 
education majors and first-generation students 



Clifton Alford never attended 
Northwestern State University, but he 
saw the impact Northwestern could 
have on others. 

Alford left a gift of $163,297 to 
the Northwestern State University 
Foundation to assist students and 
faculty at the university. The gift will 
create an endowed professorship in the 
Mrs. H.D. Dear and Alice E. Dear 
School of Creative and Performing 
Arts at NSU, an endowed scholarship 
for first generation college students 
and an endowed scholarship for 
education majors. 

The endowed professorship and 
endowed scholarship for first 
generation college students will be 
matched with $80,000 from the 
Louisiana Board of Regents Support 
Fund, creating a gift of $243,297. 

Alford, who passed away in 2007, 
did not attend Northwestern but had 
high regard for the institution. A niece, 
Elizabeth Leo Whitney, graduated 
from Northwestern in 1952, and 
Alford believed the education she 
received enabled Whitney to endure 
difficult financial circumstances and 
raise her family. 

"I never knew that he was thinking 
of doing something like this," said 
Sandra Hoegemeyer, a niece of 
Alford's. "He told me he wanted to do 
something to help 'the college in 
Natchitoches' and I thought what a 
wonderful thing it would be." 



A native of Bellwood, Alford 
graduated from Provencal High 
School, then served in the U.S. Army 
for several years. He then began a long 
career with Armco Steel, working in 
Houston, then in Schulenburg, Texas, 
where he would live for the rest of his 
life. 

"He was a quiet, soft spoken, hard 
working man," said Hoegemeyer in 
describing Alford. 

Whitney taught music in 
Goldonna for many years and was very 
active in the community, playing at 
weddings, funerals and other church 
and local events. She passed on a love 
for the university to her family. 

"We were at Northwestern all the 
time for events," said Whitney's 
daughter Debbie Cloud, a 1976 
graduate of Northwestern. "I knew that 
I wanted to work with children and I 
knew that Northwestern would be the 
place for me to come." 

The interest generated by the 
endowment for the Clifton M. Alford 
Memorial Professorship in Music will 
fund faculty research and development 
along with needed equipment. 

"This is going to provide a 
tremendous opportunity for our music 
faculty to expand their research and 
their performance opportunities," said 
Bill Brent, director of the Mrs. H.D. 
Dear and Alice E. Dear School of 
Creative and Performing Arts at NSU. 
"Further, it will enhance the reputation 



of the entire University as it provides 
the potential for faculty to perform in 
venues around the world. We are 
extremely grateful to the Alford family 
and are excited about the future of the 
music and all of the arts programs at 
Northwestern." 

The Clifton M. Alford Memorial 
Endowed Scholarship in Education 
will assist students planning to have a 
teaching career. 

"We are honored that the Alford 
family is rewarding future teachers by 
supporting their matriculation through 
a Northwestern teacher education 
program," said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean 
of the College of Education at NSU. 
"Completing a teacher preparation 
program at Northwestern is highly 
regarded in this state. Principals, 
human resources personnel and district 
superintendents do not hesitate to hire 
a Northwestern education graduate 
because they know that our graduates 
are well prepared for their work in the 
schools. I thank the Alford family for 
supporting the legacy in teacher 
education at Northwestern." 

The Clifton M. Alford Memorial 
First Generation Endowed Scholarship 
will be awarded to a Louisiana resident 
whose parents or legal guardians have 
not earned a college degree. The 
recipient must be awarded a Pell Grant 
and have been admitted to 
Northwestern. 



Unified Public Safety Administration degree now available 



Northwestern State University began a new bachelor's 
degree program in Unified Public Safety Administration 
this fall. The program has been approved by the Louisiana 
Board of Regents and the Board of Supervisors for the 
University of Louisiana System. 

According to Joe Morris, head of the Department of 
Criminal Jiastice at Northwestern, the program will offer 
three areas of concentration: Law Enforcement 
Administration, Fire and Emergency Medical Service 
Administration and Emergency Management 
Administration. Classes will be available in person or 
online. Morris said Northwestern would work with students 
who have earned associate degrees to assist them in 



transferring into the program. 

"The events of Sept. 1 1 plus Hurricanes Katrina and 
Rita showed a strong need for a program of this type. There 
is a great need for a curriculum that provides additional 
training for criminal justice and public safety 
professionals," said Morris. "This program will be the only 
one of its kind in Louisiana and among a few of its kind in 
the country." 

According to Morris, the degree will prepare students 
for a better understanding of homeland security, 
international and domestic terrorism, disaster responses, 
crisis leadership issues and first responder mandates. 



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University Place II residence hall opens to students 



students began moving 
into the new $17.7 million, 
394-bed residence hall, 
University Place Phase II, in 
August. The second phase of 
University Place is similar 
architecturally to the first 
phase which was completed in 
2005. Both phases of 
University Place reflect the 
architecture of most of the 
longest-serving buildings on 
campus such as the A.A. 
Frederick's Center for Creative 
and Performing Arts, Russell 
Hall and Williamson Hall, 
which is undergoing 
renovation. The completion of 
the residence hall is one of 
several building projects, 
including the renovation of 
Williamson Hall. 

"The completion of 
University Place Phase II 
greatly enhances campus 
housing at Northwestern," said 
Northwestern President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb. "This new 
facility is part of our long-term 
effort to provide the best 
possible facilities for our 




An August ribbon cutting officially opened NSU's news modern residence hall, 
University Place II, just in time for student move-in day. The 394-bed residential facility 
stands on the former site of Rapides Hall. 



students. The new campus 
residence halls at 
Northwestern will enhance the 
living/learning environment for 
students." 

University Place Phase II 
will be operated by Campus 
Living Villages. Northwestern 
has had a working relationship 
with Campus Living Villages 
(formerly Century 
Development) for more than 
15 years. Campus Living 
Villages completed University 
Columns in 1994 and phase 




Renovations to Williamson Hall, 
Engineering Technology, should 



home of the Department of 
be complete this fall. 



one of University Place in 
2005. 

Northwestern began 
modernizing its residence halls 
after surveys of students 
indicated they were moving off 
campus because of the age 
and condition of the traditional 
residence halls along with a 
preference for more living 
space and privacy. 

"We have always listened 
closely to our students to learn 
what they think about various 
aspects of university life," said 
Webb. "They have indicated a 
desire for apartment style 
residence halls with other 
amenities. The construction of 
Phases I and II of University 
Place shows we worked to 
address those concerns." 

Units will be designed for 
single and double occupancy. 
Each unit will have a fully 
furnished bedroom, living room 



with a kitchenette with a 
countertop, cabinets, mini- 
refrigerator and microwave 
oven and a common area. 
Laundry facilities and a pool 
will be provided. 

Campus Living Village 
communities and University 
Place incorporate elements of 
environmentally responsible 
living by using recycled 
materials when appropriate, by 
encouraging citizen 
participation in "recycling 
programs"; by offering green 
space in community design 
and using energy efficient light 
bulbs and appliances when 
appropriate. 

University Place II was 
built by Spring Village 
Construction, a company that 
has been building campus 
residence halls for eight years. 
Groundbreaking for the project 
began in August 2007. 



College of Nursing recognized as nation's fourth largest 



The NSU nursing program was ranked fourth largest 
in the nation earlier this year by Modern Healthcare, an 
industry magazine that placed Northwestern behind 
Excelsior College School of Nursing in New York, the 
University of Phoenix College of Health and Human 
Services and Kent State University College of Nursing in 
Kent, Ohio. 

The largest school, which was determined from 
enrollment numbers for 2005-2006, had more than 



15,000 students, while NSU's College of Nursing had 
nearly 2,000 students. 

Other Louisiana universities recognized were 
Southeastern University, the University of Louisiana at 
Lafayette and McNeese State University. 

In addition to classes in Natchitoches, NSU's College 
of Nursing has clinical satellite programs in Alexandria 
and Shreveport. 



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Athletics 



Improvements, updates of athletic facilities complete 





Demons 




2008 Football Schedule 


Oct 11 


NICHOLLS STATE * 


6:00 


Oct 18 


Southeastern Louisiana * 


6:00 


Oct 25 


SAM HOUSTON STATE 
(Homecoming) * 


2:00 


Nov 01 


Texas State ' 


3:00 


Nov 08 


Central Arkansas * 


4:00 


Nov 15 


McNEESE STATE * 


6:00 


Nov 22 


Stephen F. Austin * 

Purple bold text indicates 


6:00 


HOME games at Turpin Stadium 


* indicates Southland Conference 


games 


Visit 


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Information 


more 




Sweeping enhancements to Northwestern 's athletic 
facilities have provided a fresh and classic look to the 
high-profile area at the south end of campus, thanks to 
the support of alumni, friends and area businesses. 

Red brick columns and wrought iron fencing have 
been added around the football, baseball, softball, track 
and field and soccer stadiums. New scoreboards have 
been erected or are being installed at those venues, along 
with inside Prather Coliseum for the basketball teams and 
volleyball team. 

The centerpiece of the makeover is at Turpin 
Stadium, the home field for Demon football and the 
Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band. 

There, fans are enjoying the new video board which 
provides a television picture of the action on the field and 
in the stands, along with providing replays and exciting 
features and performing all of the functions of a 
traditional scoreboard. 

The project includes a new sound system for the 32- 
year-old stadium along with extensive signage and 
displays commemorating the 100 years of Demon 
football tradition. 

The $2 million initiative is being funded through 
sponsorship agreements sold by director of athletics Greg 
Burke over the past four years. The NSU Foundation, in 
conjunction with the NSU Athletic Association and NSU 
Athletic Department, has assumed the financial 
obligation for the loan over a 10-year period. 

The leader in the scoreboaid industry, Daktronics, 
Inc. of Brookings, S.D., is the contractor for the NSU 
project. Daktronics is the largest scoreboard company in 
the world.- 

The focal piece is the 12-by-18 foot LED ProStar 
VideoPlus Display System, which provides a television- 
quality image for fans to enjoy. 

The Prather Coliseum installation will feature LED 
message centers at north and south ends of the arena, as 
well as digital panels on the scorer's table for basketball 



and volleyball. 

The track scoreboard will allow fans at the Ledet 
Complex to get results with precision timing for all eight 
lanes of the state's fastest and most modern surface. 

The baseball and softball scoreboards provide 
message centers and expanded statistical information. 
The new soccer scoreboard offers additional statistical 
data. 

The fencing project is supported by the NSU Athletic 
Association's Second Century Circle campaign, which 
funded the wrought iron and the seven-foot brick pillars 
that comprise a nearly $750,000 project to enhance the 
university's outdoor athletic facilities. 

The brick columns are modeled after those featured 
at the entrances to Northwestern. Striking 10-foot 
columns with wrought iron arcs and the NSU athletic 
logo now mark the entrances at the baseball, track, and 
softball complexes. Plaques on the columns provide 
naming opportunities for donors. 

The project has spiked student-athletes' and coaches' 
pride in their facilities and improve the fan experience, 
while serving as an excellent recruiting tool and 
improving the perception of the university locally, 
regionally and even nationally. 

"This is huge for us," said football coach Scott 
Stoker, "ft's a big morale boost for our players. The fans 
love it and that's great for us. It's a tremendous lift in 
recruiting - not only because all of our facilities look so 
much better, but because it demonstrates to recruits the 
level of pride our supporters and this university have in 
Northwestern and our athletic program." 

For information on how to get involved with the 
Second Century Circle campaign, visit the 
www.nsudemons.com website and click on the "Athletic 
Association" button or contact Dr. William Broussard, 
executive director of the Athletic Association, at 
broussardw(g),nsula.edu via e-mail or by telephone at 3 1 8- 
357-4295. 



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Inductees for this year's Graduate N Club announced 



Two stars on the Demons' 1988 
Southland Conference champion 
football team, current NSU head 
coach Scott Stoker and longtime NFL 
defensive back Randy Milliard, are 
among the honorees for the 2008 
Graduate N Club Hall of Fame 
ceremonies on Homecoming moming. 

Stoker and Hilliard will be among 
five people enshrined in the Hall of 
Fame, the highest honor 
Northwestern presents its former 
student-athletes. Stoker broke the 
Demons' single-season and career 
passing records as a quarterback from 
1986-89, while Hilliard earned All- 
Southland Conference honors before 
a nine-year NFL career with 
Cleveland and Denver, winning a 
Super Bowl with the Broncos. 

Robyn Justin, who led the NCAA 
in service aces in 1986, will become 
the first Lady Demon volleyball 
competitor enshrined in the Hall of 
Fame. Five-time track and field All- 
American Mike Brown (1972-76) 
will be part of the 2008 induction 
class, along with the late Truitt 
Weldon, a Demon basketball star 
from 1958-62. 

Also honored with the inaugural 



"Dream Team" award will be the 
members of the Demons' 1955-58 
mile relay team in track and field. 
During those seasons under legendary 
coach Walter Ledet, Northwestern 
won all but one race among around 
three dozen it participated in, 
including sweeping the Gulf States 
Conference championships all four 
years. 

There were a total of nine athletes 
who ran on the mile relay team 
during those four years: Jack Bice, 
Don Dean, Charlie Hennigan, Don 
Hill, Sylvester Jimes, Jack Rogers, 
J.R Self, Harold Gene Smith and 
Murrell "Sister" Walker. The 
University of Houston was the only 
team during that four-year stretch to 
outrun the Demons' quartet in what 
remains perhaps the signature event 
of any track meet. 

Additionally, retired NSU vice 
president Loneta Graves will be 
presented the Graduate N Club's 
Distinguished Service Award in 
recognition of her pivotal support of 
funding scholarships and operating 
funds that gave rise to intercollegiate 
women's sports at Northwestern in 
the mid-1970s. In April, 1975 



Northwestem became the first 
university in Louisiana to issue full 
athletic scholarships to women, when 
NSU athletes Pat Nolen, Diane 
Pittman, Emma EUerman, Louise 
"Do" Bonin. Sherrill Landry, Tern 
McDonnell, hiez Brew, Mona 
Davidson, Janie Wallace and 
Margaret Langford were the 
recipients. Tammy Primeaux and Lisa 
Brewer were high school seniors who 
accepted scholarships to play 
basketball for the Lady Demons. 

Another award will be presented 
to longtime NSU athletics employee 
Thomas Foster, who has been in the 
department for 25 years. He will be 
presented honorary membership in 
the Graduate N Club, a gesture of 
respect that has been extended only a 
handful of times to those who were 
not athletic letterwinners for 
Northwestem. 

Ceremonies, open to everyone, 
will be held in the Magale Recital 
Hall at 10 a.m. on Homecoming day, 
Oct. 25. For additional information, 
visit the www.nsudemons.com 
website or contact the NSU athletic 
department at 318-357-5251. 



Demon track star Bell participates in 
Beijing Olympic Games 



Northwestern State product Kenta Bell made it to the 
qualifying round of the men's triple jump in the track and 
field competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in 
Beijing, but did not rank in the top 12 who advanced to 
the final in his event. Bell, ninth in the triple jump at the 
2004 Athens Olympic Games, had leapt 56-6 1/2 to 
make the Olympic team at the USA Olympic Trials in 
July. 

Bell ranked 26th of 39 competitors in the qualifying 
round, and second among the three Team USA entries, of 
whom none advanced. 

"I'm not disappointed. They jumped really good 
today and I didn't. I can't say anything negative about 
today," said Bell. "I trained and prepared and executed. 
It just didn't work out. I'd rather have been here. There 
are 1 8-20 people at home who'd love to have my 




credential." 

Bell, 31, had his 
international career blossom 
in 2001 in Beijing. In his first major international 
competition representing the United States, Bell set a 
then-personal record with a winning 56-6 to capture the 
gold medal at the 2001 World University Games. 

Bell has a career best of 57-10 1/4 in 2002. He was 
the 2003 USA Outdoor champion, sixth at the 2003 
World Championships, seventh in the 2005 World 
Outdoors along with his ninth-place Olympics finish in 
2004. Bell was runner-up at the the recent Olympic 
Trials, the 2006 USA Outdoors, the 2005 USA Indoors 
and Outdoors and was third at the 2004 Olympic Trials 
and the 2007 USA Championships. 



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Ryan Glorioso 

Louisiana's booming film industry 
has allowed former NSU actor Ryan 
Glorioso (2003) to find success in a 
field he loves. His Shreveport-based 
company, Glorioso Casting, locates 
local actors to appear in movies being 
shot in the area, and boasts an 
impressive resume of films including 
Factory Girl, Mr. Brooks, Premonition, 
Glory Road, The Year Without a Santa 
Claus, The Last Time, Just My Luck, 
Road House U, Five Fingers, Bug, 
Harold and Kumar //, and Steven 
King's The Mist. 

Glorioso was active in NSU 
Theatre as an undergraduate from 
1991-96, where, under the guidance of 
former NSU artistic director Dr. Jack 
Wann, he appeared in numerous 
campus productions and summer stock 
in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. 
In 1996, he left NSU one class shy of 
completing his degree and went to Los 
Angeles to pursue his acting dream, 
where he found parts in movies and 
television. Later, he and two other 
former students, Deven MacNair and 
Robert Larriviere, formed a production 
company. 

In 2003, Glorioso returned to NSU 
for a retirement roast honoring Dr. 
Wann. As part of the roast, Glorioso 
showed a short film he made which 
featured Wann as an expert on lip- 
syncing. While in Natchitoches, 
Glorioso completed the last class 
necessary to finish his degree in 
theatre. He moved back to his 
hometown of New Orleans in 2004 
when the film industry was beginning 
to develop. One year later, he was 
pushed to Shreveport in the aftermath 
of Hurricane Katrina, "which was an 
even better move," as he networked 
with contacts in Shreveport who had 
also been displaced by the storm. After 
working for another casting company in 
the area for a year, Glorioso started his 
own company in January 2007. 
Glorioso Casting is one of only two 



casting companies in Shreveport and he 
has spent considerable time building its 
good reputation. He works with fellow 
NSU alumnus Jay DeFelice (1997). 

When a film is slated for shooting 
in the area, Glorioso Casting will be 
contracted through a studio or an 
independent production company to 
find local actors and extras and will be 
sent a script. Most local actors are 
represented by agents. 

"I send an agent a breakdown of a 
character and the agents will send me 
headshots and a resume and the actors 
come in and audition," Glorioso 
explained. "The director, producer and 
I make the decision." 

Through the company's website, 
gloriosocasting.com, participants can 
register to become part of a database 
which can sort individuals by gender, 
age or ethnicity to determine their 
eligibility for parts as extras. 

"They are called and officially 
booked and are given the appropriate 
information and what they need to 
bring," he said. "Anyone can register, 
but they need to be reliable when they 
say OK to the project." 

A lot of the extras get bitten by the 
bug and decide they want to become 
actors or part of the crew but the work 
of an extra isn't for everyone, he said. 

"Days are really long and it's not 
something you can leave. Some people 
will say 'I've been here for 16 hours 
and I love it.' Others will say 'I've been 
here 16 hours and I'm never doing this 
again.' There is also a time frame for 
the extras. People will do it for a year 
or year and a half and then move on to 
something else." 

Last summer, one of the local 
actors was unable to perform, so 
Glorioso stepped in and shot three 
scenes in the small role as an animal 
shelter attendant for a film called 
Beyond Reasonable Doubt. But 
Glorioso maintains that acting is no 
longer his primary focus. 

"By the time I came back to New 
Orleans, I decided I didn't want to 




pursue 
acting as a 
career 
anymore. 
The in- 
between 
times kill 
you," he 
said. 

"Going into 
casting is a 
natural progression for an actor because 
you know what to look for, you know 
the union rules. It was an easy 
transition. 

"You get to meet a lot of people. 
It's something different every day. It's a 
career in which I get to see the actors 
come in and audition and 1 see the 
good and the bad," he said. 
"Occasionally 1 will chat with a 
celebrity, but I'm pretty much focused 
on the local actors." 

Earlier this year, Glorioso was 
working on the HBO series True Blood, 
which is set in Shreveport, but shot in 
Los Angeles, as well as coordinating 
long-distance for a film called The 
Taqwacores, which is set to shoot in 
Cleveland. 

The movie business has come to 
Shreveport to stay, he added. 
"Most people I've worked with like 
Shreveport because of several 
advantages. There is no traffic; in Los 
Angeles, you spend most of your life in 
a car. Shreveport is accommodating to 
producers and there are no permit 
systems. The city and its film 
commission are great at luring movies 
here. There are locations that double for 
other cities and other countries. The 
film industry likes Shreveport and has 
been good to the city," he said. "As 
long as Louisiana has the amazing tax 
incentives, it is here to stay." 
Glorioso said he always wanted to be 
involved in film and theatre and admits 
he would again, if circumstances arose. 
"But I'm pretty deep in the casting 
world and have gone farther with this 
than I ever did as an actor." 



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1958 

Carol Abat Edwards is 
a retired registered 
nurse and lives in 
Lakeland, Fla. 

Kenneth Lee Terwey is 
retired, married and 
lives in McKinney, 
Texas. 

1959 

Dr. Selvestion Jimes, 
Ph.D. is a retired 
professor emeritus, 
married to Patsy Ann 
Goldsby Jimes ('61) 
and lives in 
Shreveport. 

Mary Frances 
Dunckelman Rabb is 
retired and lives in Cut 
Off. 

1961 

Nancy H. Driskill is 
retired and lives in 
Springhill. 

1964 

Lola Ross Grafton is a 
self-employed author 
and lives in 
Shreveport. 

Carol Gipson Hodges 
is employed by 
Franklin Parish School 
Board as a teacher, 
married and lives in 
Grayson. 

1965 

Mary Beth Williamson 
Corrigan is retired and 
lives in Bulverde, 
Texas. 

1966 

Walter Edward George 
is retired and lives in 
Bossier City. 



1967 

Mary Lou Baillio Pierce 
is a retired teacher and 
lives in Grand 
Junction, Colo. 

1968 

Michele (Mickie) 
Varnado Townsend is 
retired, married to 
Robert E. Townsend 
('68) and lives in 
Statesboro, Ga. 

Robert E. (Bob) 
Townsend a retired 
pastor, married to 
Michele Varnado 
Townsend and lives in 
Statesboro, Ga. 

1969 

Marvin 

Schwartzenburg is an 
administrator at D'Ville 
House Nursing Home 
and lives in 
Napoleonville. 

1970 

John Bonetti is a 
physical education 
teacher and assistant 
principal at Holmes 
Elementary School. 
He is married and lives 
in Unionville, Conn. 

1971 

Irene Morgel Robinson 
is the owner of KWCL- 
FM Broadcasting Co. 
Inc. and lives in Oak 
Grove. She was 
elected 2008 Chairman 
of the Board for the 
Louisiana Association 
of Broadcasters. 

Tom Hardaway is a 
retired scientist, 
married to Gaylan 
Michiels Hardaway 
('71) and lives in 
Bossier City. 



1972 

Kathleen Cleveland 
Hutchinson is retired, 
married and lives in 
Pineville. 

1973 

Janet Stratton Stinson 
is a marketing 
coordinator for Caddo 
Parish School Board 
and lives in 
Shreveport. 

1974 

Akhtar Ahmed Khan is 
employed as an l&C 
Engineer at Southern 
Co. Services and lives 
in Madison, Ala. 

1975 

D. Randall Rumbelow 
is a band, choral 
director and music 
instructor at St. Rita 
School-Harahan. He is 
married to Sharon W. 
Rumbelow and lives in 
Kenner. 

1976 

Carolyn Williamson 
Bun-oughs is division 
chair of science and 
allied health at Bossier 
Parish Community 
College, married to 
David Burroughs ('77) 
and lives in Haughton. 

1977 

Laura Jane Langston 
Ponder is employed by 
Escambia County 
School District as a 
teacher and lives in 
Pensacola, Fla. 

David Burroughs is a 
corporate 
environmental 
compliance manager 
at Chemtrade 
Logistics, married to 
Carolyn Williamson 
Burroughs ('76) and 
lives in Haughton. 

Margaret Smith Eschete 
is a neonatal nurse 
practitioner at SLMA and 
lives in Houma. 



1979 

Nanette Hawthorne is 
a State Farm 
Insurance agent and 
lives in Temple, Texas. 

1980 

Shyri Caldwell 
Johnson is an 
assistant principal at 
Sabal Elementary 
School and live sin 
Melbourne, Fla. 

1981 

Brenda Stiles Medlin is 
a health and physical 
education teacher at 
Sikeston seventh & 
eight grade center, 
married to Ronald 
Medlin and lives in 
Cape Girardeau, Mo. 

Donna Sebren is a 
self-employed nurse 
and lives in 
Shreveport. 

1982 

Wendy Wyble Napoli is 
a homemaker, married 
to Dean Napoli ('83) 
and lives in Baton 
Rouge. 

1983 

Mario Francisco 
Melendez is the 
president of Marankar 
Distributors Inc. and 
lives in Miami, Fla. 

Jack Welch III is the 
owner of Aflac - Welch 
& Welch, married and 
lives in Peari, Miss. 

1984 

Dawn Branch Tyson is 
the principal at 
Alexander Learning 
Center and lives in 
Stonewall. 

Linda Sparks Hunt is a 
registered nurse at 
LSUHSC and lives in 
Bethany. 

Dr. Lisa M. Stegall 
Adcock is a 
neonatologist at 



Brazos Valley 
Neonatolgy and lives in 
College Station, Texas. 

1987 

Randy Roe is the 
accounting manager at 
A+ Accounting and 
lives in Marion, Iowa. 

1990 

Jennifer Hatley Perkins 
is a registered nurse 
and mamed to Larry 
Fred Perkins ('89). 

Yvonne Bernucho 
Matheme is a full-time 
homemaker, part-time 
fitness instructor, 
married and lives in 
Luling. 

1991 

David L. Antilley II is 
the manager/executive 
director of NSU22, 
married and lives in 
Bentley 

1992 

H. Scott Jolley is a 
contributing editor at 
Vanity Fair magazine, 
married and lives in 
New York, N.Y. 

Michael A. McMiller is 
the human resource 
director at Wyndham 
and lives in Chicago, III. 

Jemi LaHaye Carione 
is an assistant principal 
at Belle Chasse High 
School, married and 
lives in Belle Chasse. 

1994 

Ashley Pasquier 
Klamfoth is a self- 
employed clinical 
social worker, manned 
and lives in Lumberton, 
Texas. 

Melissa Sheree' 
Brumley McManus is 
employed by Grant 
Parish School board as 
a teacher, married and 
lives in Montgomery. 



William Christopher 
Hogan is an 
archaeologist/field 
director and lives in 
Bellingham Wash. 

Deanna Magliolo 
Mathews is a mental 
health therapist, 
married and lives in 
Hammond. 

Mikki D. Grant is 
employed by Caddo 
Parish School Board 
as an attendance 
facilitator and lives in 
Shreveport. 

John N. Carpenter is 
employed by 
Weyertiaeuser, mamed 
and lives in Winnfield. 

1995 

Paula Ann Warren 
Weaver is a second 
grade teacher at 
Central Elementary 
School, married and 
lives in Castor. 

Holly Long VanHoozen 
is employed by the 
Jena Band of Choctaw 
Indians health 
department in medical 
records/data entry and 
lives in Jena. 

Vickie Salery Hayes is 
employed by the 
USSC as a trainer and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Clinton Steriing 
Williams is a United 
States Army recruiter 
and lives in Houston, 
Texas. 

1996 

Dale Newton 
Montgomery is 
employed by Bossier 
Parish as an assistant 
district attorney and 
maintains a private 
practice. He is married 
and lives in Bossier 
City. 

Misty Scully Jodoin is 
the manager of 



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outpatient imaging, 
married and lives in 
Frisco, Texas. 

1997 

Dr. Tait J. Martin is the 
vice president/director 
of research at Salter- 
Mitchell and lives in 
Tallahassee, Fla. 

Regina Salard Brossett 
is employed by 
Natchitoches Parish 
School Board as a 
teacher, married and 
lives in Cloutierville. 

Shaw/n Brewer is 
employed by the La. 
Department Wildlife & 
Fisheries as a wildlife 
enforcement agent and 
lives in Ragley. 

1998 

Kristi Eder Brewer is 
employed by the 
Calcasieu Parish 
School Board a special 
education teacher and 
lives in Ragley. 

Jennifer Brummett is 
an auditor for Desoto 
Parish Sales & Used 
Tax Commission and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Andrea Eaglin 
Simmons is a 
compliance auditor at 
Heritage Health and 
lives in Fresno, Texas. 

Tammy Johnson 
Glascoe is currently 
deployed to Kuwait as 
a medical personnel 
officer in support of 
Operation Iraqi 
Freedom. 

1999 

Angle Long Sexton is 
employed in the 
property management 
division at Sealy and 
Company, married and 
lives in Benton. 

Cynthia LeAnn Dorris 
Thames is a customer 



service representative 
at Exchange Bank, 
married and lives in 
Provencal. 

Jennifer Marie Fabre is 
the owner of 
Therapeutic by Design 
Fitness and Wellness 
and lives in Baton 
Rouge. 

Jacqueline Ann 
Borrero Fontenot is 
married and lives in 
Pineville. 

Patrick W. Brown is 
currently serving as the 
supply officer onboard 
USS Donald Cook 
(DDG-75). 

2000 

David Long is the 
owner of Dave the 
Tube Guy and lives in 
New Roads. 

Cheryl Esparza Bell is 
employed by 
Waxahachie 
Independent School 
District as a third grade 
teacher, married and 
lives in Waxahachie. 

2001 

Christ! Kopp Antee is 
the general manager at 
Leglue Physical 
Medicine Clinic and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

Leanie Pruitt Fitzgerald 
is employed by 
Natchitoches Parish 
School Board as a 
third grade teacher and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

2002 

Amanda C. Walker is a 
membership & public 
relations director for 
Save Our Cemeteries- 
New Orleans. She 
lives in New Orleans. 

Jerri Wylie 
Winningham is a 
senior business 
analyst for Alltel and 
lives in Bauxite, Ark. 



Vanessa Byrd Farmer 
is a staff associate for 
Correctional 
Management Institute 
of Texas (CM IT), also 
serves as the 
secretariat for the 
Texas Association for 
Court Administration. 
She is married and 
lives in Cleveland, 
Texas. 

Tiffany Verdin is a 
pediatric registered 
nurse at Our Lady of 
the Lake Regional 
Medical Center and 
lives in Gonzales. 

Molly Beach is a 
corporate sales trainer 
at Takeda 

Pharmaceuticals and 
lives in Chicago, III. 

Jason Hines is 
currently a third year 
law student at the 
Univeristy of 
Tennessee College of 
law and employed by 
Ridenour and Ridenour 
Attorney at-law. He 
lives in Knoxville, Tenn. 

2003 

Dustin C. Fuqua is a 
museum curator at 
Cane River Creole 
National Historical 
Park and also the co- 
founder of a cultural 
resources consulting 
agency called Cultural 
Lore. He resides in 
Natchitoches. 

Alisha "leelee" Layne 
Hebert Jarreau is 
director of physical 
therapy at Kleinpeter 
Physical Therapy, 
married to Jason 
Jarreau ('04) and lives 
in Oscar. 

Joanie Potter Hilton is 
a QMRP at St. Mary's 
Training School and 
lives in Robeline. 

Maria Simons is a 
certified addictions 



counselor at Red River 
Addictions Complex 
and lives in Pollock. 

Jessica Troske is a 
market systems 
expediter for 
marketumbrella.org 
and lives in New 
Orleans. 

Martina Schneider is 
an accounting 
supervisor at Alliance 
of Professionals & 
Consultants, Inc. and 
lives in Raleigh N.C. 

Joshua N. Green is a 
TV reporter at the NBC 
station in the 
Raleigh/Durham area. 
He resides in Durham, 
N.C. 

Cinthia Hearnsberger 
Wenninger is a teacher 
at de Zavala Middle 
School and lives in 
North Richland Hills, 
Texas. 

Corey Marie Devillier 
Bacon is a manager 
and interior decorator 
at KAYU Furniture 
Imports in Houma. 
She resides in 
Lockport. 

Jacob Lyie Doucet is 
the owner/manager of 
Doucet's Cajun Meat 
Market and lives in 
Natchitoches. 

2004 

Paula Marie Shidiskis 
Bowman is employed 
by the Texas 
Department of Family 
Protective Services, 
married and lives in 
McKinney, Texas. 

Keith Gates is a 
research attorney for 
La. Supreme Court 
Justice Jeffrey Victory 
and lives in Kenner. 

Leigh Ann Greathouse 
is a network tech at 
CompuCom and lives 



in Dallas, Texas. 

William Wesley "Wes" 
Turrentine is vice 
president of Turrentine 
Insurance Agency and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Melissa C. Vines is 
employed by Sabine 
Pass Independent 
School District as a 
third grade teacher and 
lives in Beaumont, 
Texas. 

Heather Barr Curtis is 
a registered nurse at 
Sacred Heart Hospital 
and lives in Destin, 
Fla. 

Phillip Anthony 
Martinez is a branch 
director for the YMCA 
of Northwest La. and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Amanda Owens is a 
marketing associate for 
The Weitzman Group 
and lives in Dallas, 
Texas. 

2005 

Melissa Star White is 
employed by Avoyelles 
Parish School Board 
and lives in Mansura. 

Leslie Ann Ross Smith 
is the main street 
manager for the City of 
Natchitoches, married 
and lives in 
Natchitoches. 

Will Hamilton Green 
received the Doctor of 
Jurisprudence Degree 
from the Mississippi 
College School of Law 
in May, 2008 and 
resides in Baton 
Rouge. 

Andy G. Lum is an ICU 
ward Naval Medical 
Center Portsmouth 
nursing orientation 
instajctor, department 
code blue instoictor, 
disaster training officer, 
chemical, nuclear. 



biological exposure 
triage team leader and 
lives in Chesapeake, Va. 

Kimberly Carson Tyler is 
an actress/model and 
lives in Van Nuys, Calif. 

Jacob Benjamin Davis 
is a prospect 
development tech at 
Crosstex Energy 
Services, married and 
lives in Richardson, 
Texas. 

Michael Waits is a 
training 

coordinator/OMRP and 
a Special Olympics 
coach. He is married 
to Jessica Waits ('07) 
and lives in Alexandria. 

Robin Cameron Webb 
is an army wounded 
warrior advocate and 
lives in Fort Polk. 

Brandi Dye is a 
science teacher at 
Cope Middle School 
and lives in 
Shreveport. 

Joanna Daniel 
Washington is an 
identity theft 
coordinator at City 
Bank & Trust, married 
and lives in 
Natchitoches. 

Joshua R. Altimus is a 
matching coordinator 
for Big Brothers Big 
Sisters and lives in 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

2006 

Erin R. Sandoval Perry 
is a homemaker and 
lives in Lake Charies. 

Josh Ricks is a band 
director at Kinder High 
School and lives in 
Kinder. 

Ellen Dawn Jenkins 
Maricle is an instructor 
at McNeese State 
University, married and 
lives in Lake Charies. 



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Angel Huval 



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Angel Vitte Huval's 
career is making an 
impact on students and her community 
through her work as supervisor of the 
Kids in Crisis program for the St. 
Martin Parish School Board. Kids in 
Crisis is an extension of School Based 
Behavioral Health Services for at-risk 
students, including those enrolled in 
alternative programs. 

Angel earned a degree in social 
work from NSU in 1994 and has been 
with the St. Martin Parish School 
Board for 1 3 years. She completed her 
undergraduate internship with Safe 
and Drug Free Schools in 
Natchitoches Parish. As Angel was 
beginning graduate school at 
Grambling, she was recruited by the 
Safe and Drug Free School director to 
help develop a youth diversion 
program for first-time offenders. The 
program sought out community 
volunteers that included some NSU 
athletes. 

Angel always knew she wanted to 
work with youth. She began her 
career as coordinator and social 
worker at one of three school-based 
health clinics before becoming 
supervisor of all three. She has 
training in crisis intervention, 
cognitive behavioral therapy and 
community outreach. 

Two years ago, she applied for a 
grant to begin a crisis team of social 
workers to provide services as an 
extension of the Office of Mental 
Health to address the needs of 
hurricane evacuees who relocated to 
St. Martin Parish. The program offers 
individual and group therapy as well 
as other services to the overflow from 
the Office of Mental Health. 

"After the hurricanes, several 
transfers had severe adjustment 
problems," she explained. "Small 
children can't articulate what they're 
going through, so it comes out in their 
behavior. Play therapy helps open 
conversation and children can show 
you how they are feeling." 



Counselors develop communication 
with children through games, and by 
bringing in positive speakers, authors 
and community mentors. 

Athletics is another healthy way 
to redirect anger. Angel said, because 
sports help break down barriers and 
teach teamwork and cooperation. 

"They need activities to provide 
them with incentives to behave 
appropriately," she said. 

The alternative program for 
expelled students services 60-100 
students ranging from 5- 1 8 years of 
age. These students are assigned to a 
counselor for individual, family or 
group therapy, assessment and a 
treatment plan. 

Angel has developed and 
implemented several programs for 
youth, including a juvenile fighting 
diversion program for first-time 
offenders, and the Youth Choices 
program, which addresses anger 
management, parenting education, 
adolescent social skills, crisis 
intervention, teen pregnancy, 
mentoring and a Random Acts of 
Kindness community program. 

Angel has received numerous 
professional honors. In 2007, she was 
the recipient of the Dorothy Schenthal 
Leadership Award, presented annually 
to an outstanding professional in the 
field of social work. She was inducted 
into the United Way Volunteer Hall of 
Fame, was recognized as a Woman of 
Excellence by the Lafayette 
Commission on the Needs of Women 
and won the Connections Career 
Achievement Award. She was the 2006 
southwest Louisiana Social Worker of 
the Year. 

Angel lives in Lafayette with her 
10-year-old daughter. 

"1 love what 1 do. 1 wake up 
every morning ready to come to 
work," she said. "There is high 
burnout in our profession. Not 
everybody knows what to do with 
these kids, but the grants 1 have 
written for the school system have 
allowed me to explore so many ways 
to help these kids." 



2007 

Megan Maria 
Ehrlinspiel is a 
registered nurse at 
Methodist Hospital 
Systems and lives in 
Spring, Texas. 

Corey Wells is an x-ray 
tech at Willis-Knighton 
and lives in Bossier 
City. 



Barbara A. Cary is a 

nurse contract for 
Advantage Nursing 
Service, Inc. and lives 
in Leonville. 




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1928 ~ Alberta Edwards Forbes, 
March 1 , 2008, Baton Rouge 

1932 -Kate Flanagan Stew/art, 
August 8, 2007, Monroe 

1940 -Tandy E. Jackson, 

July 15, 2008, Coushatta 

1942- Janette Garrison, 

December 11, 2007, Shreveport 

1945-BernealBallwey, 

November 2007, Shreveport 

1947- Imelda Watson 

1954 - Mary Sue Bellew Bailey, 

June13, 2008, Kirkwood, Mo. 

1954 - Jefferson "J.C." Reid Sr., 

May 18, 2008, Lake Charles 

1955 - Joe M. Tony Koonce, 

April 25, 2009, Conway, Ark. 

1957 - Dr. Mary Carolyn Robson Thorn, 
Aug. 7, 2008, Natchitoches 

1959 - Barbara Ann Bray, 
June 14, 2008, Many 

1959 -- Robert Eric Wicker "Coach", 
April 17, 2008, Baton Rouge 

1963 -Patricia Monk Taylor, 
July 10, 2008, Gardner 

1970 " Kenneth Michael Mathews, 
June 29, 2008, Alexandria 

1977, 1981 -Dr. Larry Monk, 
July 24, 2008, Leesville 

1993- James Buchanan 



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Northwestern 's campus radio station selected a new slogan during the 197S-1 979 schuul \cai; Demon 91 - KNWD-FM. The 
station adopted a new format and broadcast from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. playing Top 40 music with the disc jockey having the option to 
play music of his or her choice. KNWD also hosted two radiothon benefits for charity and broadcast a remote during Vocational 
Exploration Day to attract high school students to Northwestern. The station also began live action coverage of campus 
activities, including the Kappa Alpha boxing tournament, the Kappa Sigma Charity Bowl and various intramural sports. 
The radio crew were, seated from left, Don Van Speybroeck, Stephanie Berner, B.J. Brown, Kathy Willis, Cathy Gresham, Becky 
Nutall and Don Cooper Kneeling are Larry Wiley, Anthony Butler and Eddie Milligan. On the back row are Clifton Bolgiano, 
Lisa Kimball, Tim Sinor, Wade Hampton, Kelly Grandy, Dave LaVere, Tina LaCaze, Dan Nance and Richard Fillet. 



Guess Who? 




It was an up and down year for the 
NSC football team in 1968 when 
the Demons, under the second 
season leadership of head coach 
Glenn Gossett finished 5-4 overall 
and 2-3 in the Gulf States 
Conference. Can you identify 
these award winners who were 
recognized during the Quarterback 
Club's Awards Banquet? The first 
five readers to call the Alumni 
Center (318) 357-4414 will win a 
prize. 

Congratulations to the following 
individuals who correctly identified 
the officers of Alpha Kappa Alpha 



from 1983. They were Caroline 
Franklin, Gwendolyn Kimble, 
Sandra Gilliard and Deborah 
Prescott. 

BrendaMilner-1985 
Natchitoches, LA 



Vallie Anderson— 
Shreveport, LA 



1983 



Rosalind Patterson- 1983 
Shreveport, LA 

Zella Green- 1984 
Shreveport, LA 




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Approximately 700 members of the Northwestern State University Class of 2012 participated in the school's inaugural New 
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